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Rangers 2012 draft rounds 2-7 recap

There wasn’t much action on the Rangers end during day two of the draft. In fact, there wasn’t much action at all. The Blueshirts entered the day with Brady Skjei in the fold, and picks in the 2nd (#59), 3rd (#89), and 4th (#119) rounds. They left the day with three picks, but not necessarily in that order.

The Rangers made two trades today, both with Nashville. First up was a swap of 3rd round picks, with Nashville getting the Rangers’ 2012 pick in exchange for their 2013 pick. The second trade was a similar swap of 5th round picks, but with the Rangers getting Nashville’s 2012 pick in exchange for their 2013 pick.

For analysis of each pick and trade, let’s go round by round:

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2012 NHL Draft Live Blog: Day 2

Well last night sure was interesting. Several players changed teams (Mike Ribeiro, Sergei Bobrovsky, Lubomir Visnovsky), with Pittsburgh making two separate blockbuster (Jordan Staal, Zbynek Michalek). Full details of Round One can be found here.

As for the Rangers, they stayed quiet on the trade front. Well, that is if you don’t include that the Rangers were in on the discussions for Jordan Staal. No deal went through, but the Rangers made a solid pick in Brady Skjei (pronounced Shay). Kevin has a great writeup about him here.

Join us after the jump for live blogging of rounds 2-7, in which the Rangers have picks in round 2-4. I expect there to be some wheelin and dealin today, so check back often.

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Meet first-round pick Brady Skjei

It should come as no surprise that the Rangers again dipped into the ever-improving talent pool of American-born prospects to make their first-round selection.  With the 28th pick in the draft, Gordie Clark announced the selection of defenseman Brady Skjei, a Minnesota native out of the U.S. National Team Development Program, from which the Blueshirts selected J.T. Miller a year ago.

Beyond his American ties, defenseman Brady Skjei possesses one trait that New York’s scouting staff covets – tremendous skating ability. Effortless skating is one thing, but it’s all the more impressive when it’s attached to a 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame.  It’s basically unheard of for a player that size to have the speed and fluidity of Skjei and that gives him a pretty sizable advantage over many other prospects.  However, outside of his size and skating, Skjei’s tools are raw.

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2012 NHL Draft Live Blog: Day 1

Today is one of my favorite days of the year: the draft. Round one will be today, with rounds 2-7 taking place tomorrow afternoon. Tonight, the Rangers hold the 28th overall pick, but with lots of moves expected tonight, the Rangers might not stay in that position. Don’t forget to check out our Draft Coverage page for analysis of many potential first round picks.

We will be live blogging the event tonight and tomorrow, so make sure to check back often for updates on picks, moves, and other happenings in Pittsburgh. Rangers moves will be bolded.

Join us after the jump for updates.

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Draft Watch: Tim Bozon, Henrik Samuelsson, Mark Jankowski

The draft is creeping ever closer and so far there have been no clues as to whom the Rangers will pick.  In typical Gordie Clark fashion, the Blueshirts have kept things close to the vest, so it’s hard to say who is on their radar.  These three forwards are consistently rated in the 20-to-35 range, so they could be realistic targets with the 28th pick.

Just a reminder, all 2012 draft prospect reviews can be found on our Draft Coverage page.

Tim Bozon

Position: LW Height: 6’0″ Weight: 183

To some, Bozon is the best pure goal-scorer in the draft.  The son of former St. Louis Blues forward Philippe Bozon put up lofty totals in 2011-2012, but for rookie that tallied a point-per-game (36-35-71) in his debut season with the Kamloops Blazers, Bozon has gotten relatively little attention.  Perhaps Bozon’s Swiss/French background has something to do with that, but Bozon could just be one of those under the radar guys.  He’s got the ability to control the puck at impressive speeds and possesses strong offensive tools and playmaking ability.  Though Bozon stands at a reasonable 6-0, 183 lbs he is currently more of a perimeter player.  Bozon is unafraid to launch his wicked wrist shot from the circles, but he’s not a guy that will be found in traffic often at this point.  Bozon has plenty of work to do on his defensive game, but he certainly has the ability to become a big producer at the NHL level.  Speed and skating have been coveted traits by the Blueshirts at the draft in recent years, so Bozon could hold some appeal.

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Draft Watch: Tom Wilson, Tanner Pearson, Phil Di Giuseppe

One position the Rangers might like to improve on is their wing depth, specifically in the form of power forwards.  New York boasts a handful of gnat-sized forwards that possess bundles of talent, but could struggle to match up against bigger NHL players.  There are a few players that could be available at pick #28 that bring size and skill and may catch the Rangers’ eyes.

Just a reminder, all 2012 draft prospect reviews can be found on our Draft Coverage page.

Tom Wilson

Position: RW Height: 6’4″ Weight: 200

The book on J.T. Miller’s Plymouth teammate is pretty simply: scouts are pretty much unanimously convinced that he’ll make it to the NHL, the question is whether he’ll be a bottom-six role player, or a stud power forward.  Wilson’s physical game is tremendous, he’s one of the most ferocious hitters available in the draft and he has a fairly well rounded game.  He’s battled through some serious adversity in coming back from various injuries over the last couple of seasons.  The big question lies in his offensive game.  Wilson only produced sparingly for Plymouth, just 33 points in 77 games over the last two seasons.  He cranked it up during the playoffs this year, when he posted seven goals and six assists in 13 playoff games.  However, there’s simply not enough evidence that he has the tools to be a big scorer at the NHL level.  A fitness freak, Wilson is a relatively safe pick in that he’s extremely likely to help a team in some fashion, there’s just huge debate over whether he can produce enough to justify a first-round pick.  There seem to be teams that are convinced that Wilson will mature offensively, making it less likely that he’ll be available at pick #28, but he could be the type of high-risk, high-reward pick that makes sense for New York this year.

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Draft Watch: Patrick Sieloff, Jordan Schmaltz, Derrick Pouliot

It may seem like the Rangers have been growing young defensemen on trees, but Mike Sauer’s uncertain future is proof that you can never have enough blueliners in the pipeline.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few D-men that could interest New York at the draft later this month.

Just a reminder, all 2012 draft prospect reviews can be found on our Draft Coverage page.

Patrick Sieloff

Position: D Height: 6’0″ Weight: 194

Sieloff is a guy that stands out on tape for one reason – he’s a monster hitter.  The man packs a wallop akin to Dylan McIlrath, the only difference is that he stands just 6-0, 194 lbs. while McIlrath is 6-5, 215 lbs.  Sieloff is currently projected to be a mid-second round pick, but he does have one quality the Rangers covet above all others – the willingness to do whatever it takes to win, including sacrificing his body.  Sieloff has benefitted from playing alongside projected top-10 pick Jacob Trouba on defense for the better part of the last six years, so it will be interesting to see how he fares on his own next season, when he’ll play for the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL after decommitting from the University of Miami (Ohio) in May.  Sieloff is merely an average skater and brings nothing to the table offensively – his Twitter profile bio reads “Offensive defenseman in practice but come game time slightly change my role!”  Someone is likely to fall in love with the stay at home defenseman’s heart and character.

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Draft Watch: Ludvig Bystrom, Zemgus Girgensons, Scott Laughton

It’s official, the New York Rangers will draft at #28 on June 22. Sure, all the top talent will be gone, but there are always gems to find in the late rounds. After all Chris Kreider was drafted in the early 20s, and the Rangers organization has proven time and time again that they are great at finding players who are talented and intelligent. Don’t forget that all our draft analysis can be found on our Draft Coverage page.

Ludvig Bystrom

Position: D Height: 5’11″ Weight: 187

Bystrom is another product of the great Swedish hockey system. Like most Swedes, Bystrom is a tremendous skater. Considering the large ice surface in the Euro leagues, the top Euro prospects usually are great skaters. It just comes with the territory. Offensively, Bystrom is a solid puck carrier and creates plays in the offensive zone. His hockey IQ is above average, which helps with his decision making when it comes to carrying the puck or running the offense. Defensively, he isn’t a bruiser, and will generally use that skating ability and hockey IQ to be in solid position. He’s not going to be the guy that plays a physical game, but he’s not going to shy away from contact either.

Like most youngsters, Bystrom can be caught out of position a couple of times. With the bruisers it is generally because they are going for the big hit, but the biggest concern with Bystrom –as he is not a bruiser– is that he sometimes gets caught chasing the puck too much. He is still a very raw talent, and a team picking Bystrom would be in it for the long haul. He will need several years to fine tune his game.

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Draft Watch: Getting to know those ranked in the late 20s

It’s official, the New York Rangers will draft at #28 on June 22. Sure, all the top talent will be gone, but there are always gems to find in the late rounds. After all Chris Kreider was drafted in the early 20s, and the Rangers organization has proven time and time again that they are great at finding players who are talented and intelligent. Don’t forget that all our draft analysis can be found on our Draft Coverage page.

Olli Maatta

Position: D Height: 6’2″ Weight: 198

The first thing that most scouts say about Maatta is that he is very well rounded. He doesn’t necessarily excel at any facet of the game, but he has no real weaknesses either. Basically, he’s just one of your well rounded defensemen who has tremendous hockey IQ and positioning skills. Generally those go hand-in-hand, but for a guy like Maatta, it’s his greatest strength. He is capable of carrying the puck up the ice and starting the rush, and is also capable of getting back and playing solid defense in his own zone.

Maatta is not the guy that’s going to throw a big hit to remove player from puck, but he does use his body enough to stymie the rush. I hate making comparisons, but his overall game is reminiscent of Dan Girardi’s game, without the 5,000 blocked shots.

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A look at the 2012 draft

With the Rangers now guaranteed to draft in the 26-30 range, the number of potential draftees changes dramatically. Nail Yakupov isn’t going to drop, so there’s no real point in looking at what he brings to a lineup. But with the way the Rangers are performing, we must look at any first round pick who has the potential to slide, any second round pick with the potential to jump, and pretty much anyone ranked around #20-#40 in the ISS rankings.

Just a reminder, all 2012 draft prospect reviews can be found on our Draft Coverage page.

Tomas Hertl

Position: LW Height: 6’2″ Weight: 198

Hertl is one of those players that came out of nowhere this year due to his fantastic play at the World Junior Championships with the Czech Republic. In six games in the tournament, he notched three goals and two assists. Although he’s not a noted speedster, Hertl has a big body and knows how to use it to protect the puck and shield himself from defenders. Another great aspect about his game is that he isn’t afraid to get down and dirty in the corners. He is relentless on the forecheck, and uses that big frame to work the boards and maintain puck possession.

The only knock that has been publicized for Hertl is his skating. As mentioned above, he’s not a speedster and uses his big body to maintain possession along the boards. In the North American game, skating is very important on the smaller ice surface. It’s not a glaring weakness, but it’s definitely something that needs work.

Adam Pelech

Position: LD Height: 6’2″ Weight: 210

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